Police are on the lookout for a driver who hit a man riding a scooter and carried him on the trunk before he fell to his death. Officials report that a man was riding his scooter at about 1:50 a.m. near downtown Miami when the driver in a silver Mazda ran a red light and hit the scooter. The victim was knocked onto the trunk of the vehicle where he remained as the car kept on driving towards Interstate 95. He eventually fell off the truck and died as a result of his injuries. Police immediately began a search effort for the driver and it is hoped his identity will be uncovered shortly.
Hit and Run Accident Cases are on the Rise
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, hit and run crashes in Florida have increased close to 25 percent. Today, one in four cashes in the state is a hit and run and over 80,000 hit and run accidents occurred in 2014. About half of these accidents involve pedestrians, but accidents with bicyclists have increased significantly. The causes of hit and run accidents in Miami are varied, but it is often alcohol use and fear of criminal charges that prevent a person from stopping at the scene of a crash.
The Challenges of a Hit and Run Accident
Hit and run accidents present some complexities for a plaintiff to obtain compensation for their injuries linked to the accident. Following a hit and run accident, police officers will quickly begin investigations of the scene of the accident in order to attempt to uncover the identity of the culprit. Witnesses to the accident prove a vital role in uncovering the identity of the hit and run accident. Police will search for vehicles that match the damage that would likely have occurred in the accident and will review traffic camera footage for any signs of the fleeing vehicle. Sometimes, the driver who initially fled will turn him or herself in to police after they realize the gravity of the situation or after they are no longer under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If the identity of the hit and run driver is discovered, the driver may be held accountable for injuries sustained by the accident victim. This could include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If the identity of the driver cannot be uncovered, the victim may still be able to recover for his or her injuries. The victim may be able to file a claim with his or her own insurance company under uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Your automobile accident attorney will review all your options to uncover the best avenue for obtaining full compensation for your damages stemming from the hit and run accident.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Exceptional Miami Automobile Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in automobile or another form of traffic accident, contact the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing automobile and traffic related accident victims in South Florida. We seek to obtain the best outcome possible for each of our clients, which will often include recovering for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our firm has received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald recognized us as a top firm in South Florida. Allow our exceptional attorneys to provide you with superior legal services in the South Florida area. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.